- Midwest Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital
Midwest Emergency Animal Hospital
Dr. Dianne Poliakoff
Dr. Betsy Clarkson
510 W. North Avenue
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
Phone: (708) 453-8181
Fax: (708) 453-8194
Emergency: (708) 453-4755
Very experienced with guinea pigs.
Contributed by: mooser - 7/17/2004, 3:44 pm
All of the vets here are very competent and used to seeing pigs on a regular basis. They have done a toe amputation, mass removal, many xrays and blood tests, and euthanasia for me. They also carry Oxbow products incl. Critical care. They also now have emergency services available, and when I leave pigs there overnight I can have these emergency vets check on my pigs often, and call for updates at any time during the night if I want. It's more expensive, though.
Contributed by: mooser - 7/28/2006, 10:06 pm
At this point I would NOT recommend Midwest Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital. The original owners (including Dr. Nye who I initially saw there) have sold the practice, and the remaining doctors seem more focused on avian and herp patients. They tend to take the "we are the experts, don't ask questions" approach to animal care. For example, they continue to do skin scrapings and injections for mites and deny that baytril could cause serious GI problems for some guinea pigs. They have sonogram equipment, but no one who was considered well enough versed in the technology to administer and read the tests, necessitating a three-hour trip to the UW vet school when I needed those services. Their overnight "special watch" hospital was a nightmare for one of my pigs.
Contributed by: EllieMom - 5/9/2008, 10:06 pm
Dr. Nye seems to be working at Ness Exotic Wellness Center now - 3/5/2016
All 16 of my guinea pigs have been seen and treated at this exotic hospital. We've been going there for about 2 years, and they have done a great job treating my babies! Recently, Mizuki had surgery to have 20+ non-cancerous fatty tumors removed from her abdomen. She's also being treated for arthritis in her knee. The surgery went great, no problems. Zuki has recovered and is doing very well! My babies have also had the following ailments resolved here - eye infections, URI's, lice and mites (always isolate a new gp!), pneumonia, bladder stones, spinal injury (accident). In addition, they've done castrations & spay for us. The doctors and staff are very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. They are experts in exotics. They see exotics during normal office hours, and exotics & other pets after hours in their emergency hospital. I'm very satisfied with their work. I highly recommend them!
Contributed by: GuineaPigsR4Me - 03/05/2010 11:05 AM
Website verified: March 6, 2016
- Millbrook Veterinary Hospital
David J. Bongiorno DVM
1749 S. Randall Rd. Unit C
Geneva, IL 60134
"Dr. Dave" is a skilled and caring vet. While this is a general clinic, he is quite experienced with exotics and has successfully performed a complicated spay and tumor removal on one of my guinea pigs and liver lobectomy on another. His staff is knowledgeable and, above all, kind and caring. I cannot recommend this practice strongly enough. In fact, I travel 90 minutes each way to go to them rather than one of the hundreds of vets who are closer to my home.
Contributed by:EllieMom - 9/1/2010, 8:41am
Website not verified. All searches point to Animal Care Clinic of Geneva. Dr. Bongiorno is not listed as Staff on the website. March 6, 2016
- VCS County West Animal Hospital
Dr. Marcia Gortowski
1709 W. Merchant St
Kankakee, IL 60901
Phone: (815) 614-3902
Fax: (815) 614-3905
She can handle guinea pig basics, can look at molars with an otoscope, but that's the scope of her tooth knowledge with these little guys. Successfully repaired an inguinal hernia on my little guy.
Contributed by: melcvt00 - 6/23/2003, 9:10 am
Website verified and address updated: March 6, 2016. VCA Aroma Park Animal Hospital has been closed, and Dr. Gortowski is at this location now.
- Vernon Hills Animal Hospital
Dr. Stephen Barten
Dr. Eve Cheung
Dr. Susan Sneed
1260 S. Butterfield Rd.
Mundlein, IL 60060
Phone: (847) 367-4070
Website verified: March 6, 2016
- Specialty & Emergency Skokie Animal Hospital
Formerly Animal 911 Emergency Clinic
3735 W. Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 673-9110
I brought a pig in once, one of the vets gave subcues, AB's, Critical Care. This is also a normal exotics vet by day, but I haven't been during the day, only during emergency hours.
Contributed by: mooser - 7/29/2006, 4:00 pm
My pigs never get sick during working hours, and it's hard to find one that has experience with guinea pigs. I took Oreo in because she was bloated terribly an din pain. They looked over the "records" I keep in my Care Guide and actually paid attention to it and used information about Oreo from that source (e.g., bad reaction to Baytril). The intake vet was careful with her and, based on previous bouts with this condition, started on the right course of care immediately. Oreo stayed over night and I called several times to check on her. MY questions were answered by either a vet or vet tech, all of whom were caring and showed knowledge of guinea pigs. The fact that they are an offshoot of Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital also provided some credibility. I love my current vet, but I wouldn't hesitate a moment to go back to Animal911 if I had an emergency.
Contributed by:EllieMom - 6/10/2008, 1:06 pm
Website verified and information updated: March 6, 2016
- Danada Veterinary Hospital
10 W. Loop Road
Wheaton IL 60189
Dr. Wallach, Dr. Gunderson + 3 other vets handle guinea pigs
I've used them for over 8 years. The availability of more than one vet who can handle guinea pigs is a plus. Good care at a very reasonable price.
Contributed by email: Pigwig3 - 3/4/2020
Website verified: March 4, 2020